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Federal judge blocks Trump's attempt to reduce food stamps

Trump's administration wanted to get people back to work and reduce the number of able-bodied adults who receive food stamps if they fail to meet work-related requirements, but it was blocked by a federal judge.

As it stands, able-bodied adults with no dependents can receive food stamps for three months only, but can get them longer if they meet work-requirements.

Another rule allows local areas to remove the time limit if the unemployment rate in that area is 10% or higher, or there is a reported lack of jobs.


To be considered able-bodied, one typically is 18 to 49, physically and mentally capable, and does not have dependents.

Trump wanted to cut the number and get people back to work, but Judge Beryl A. Howell has blocked it.

The Epoch Times reported:


Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the D.C. District Court on Friday granted a preliminary injunction (pdf) that blocks a new rule, set to come into effect on April 1, that would limit a state’s ability to seek waivers to extend benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, to able-bodied adults without dependents for more than three months.

Back in December, CBS News reported that Trump's plan to reduce the number of people on food stamps could affect 5.3 million households.

The Trump administration is moving to curb access to food stamps, with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week criticizing the 80-year-old federal program as becoming a "way of life" for too many Americans. 

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To that end, the government has introduced three proposals that would cut about 2.2 million U.S. households, or almost 4 million people, from the program, while also reducing benefits for another 3.1 million households, according to a recent analysis from the Urban Institute. 

The plans — one of which was formally adopted by the USDA last week and would deny food stamps to nearly 700,000 Americans — would make it tougher for millions to qualify for food aid and cut billions from the program's budget.

People who support Trump's plan of action say this move could help get people back to work and help the economy.

Getting back to work is a much better plan than staying on food stamps.

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